The McGill Ingram School of Nursing (ISoN), a professional School within the Faculty of Medicine, has demonstrated leadership in unique ways since 1920. The following are some of the "firsts" that have contributed to the School's fine reputation:
- Recently, the Ingram School of Nursing adopted Strengths-Based Nursing (SBN) as its foundation for practice, education, and research. SBN is the culmination of an approach to nursing that has been an integral part of the McGill School of Nursing since its founding in 1920, evolving from the McGill Model of Nursing. Strengths-Based Nursing is both a philosophy as well as a value-driven approach that has as its foundational pillars: person/family centred care, empowerment, relational care, and innate and acquired healing.
- The McGill Model of Nursing, first described in the 1970s by the School's Director, Moyra Allen, has gained widespread acceptance as a useful framework for the nursing profession.
- First offered in 1974, the Master of Science (Applied) program for non-nurses, now called the Direct-Entry program, is still the only one of its kind in Canada.
- In 1990, the first doctoral degree in nursing in Canada was granted at McGill.
- The CJNR (Canadian Journal of Nursing Research), the first journal of nursing research in Canada, was founded at McGill in 1969. It is; however, no longer managed by the Ingram School of Nursing.
The School's mission statement, as well as current highlights, can be found in the 2014 Annual Report
Programs are offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. The following table illustrates the number of nursing students enrolled in the fall semester in the last five years:
The School offers students the chance to explore, discover and learn about the endless opportunities nursing has to offer in the 21st century.
- Faculty members are either based at the ISoN or in McGill affiliated hospitals.
- Students take courses in different departments at McGill, such as biology, psychology and management, depending on interests and needs.
- A unique network of more than 140-affiliated faculty, from Nursing Directors to Clinical Nurse Specialists and staff nurses, contribute to the student's education.
- Students in the undergraduate program start clinical in their first year and may complete their program with an international placement.
- The ISoN has ties with universities in a number of countries, including China and Australia.
- McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope was established as a charitable academic organization in February 2006 and provides students a valuable link to nursing experiences in Tanzania.
- The McGill Nursing Collaborative for Education and Innovation in Patient- and Family-Centered Care was inaugurated on September 10, 2012. Its goal is to strengthen the ties between the teaching, research an practice arms of nursing within the city, the province and beyond.
- The Nursing Undergraduate Society (NUS) and the Nursing Graduate Student Association (NGSA) are very active student associations enabling students to exchange ideas, discuss health care issues, participate in conferences, and develop leadership skills.
The School's administrative offices are located in Wilson Hall named after Morris Wilson, a former chancellor of the university. Read more on the building's history.